Report: Eagles have inquired about top pass-rusher ahead of trade deadline
With the November 1 trade deadline looming, teams are surveying the NFL for players who could help contribute to a potential playoff run.
While the 6-0 Eagles have no apparent weaknesses on their roster, many expect GM Howie Roseman to remain aggressive as the deadline approaches.
“Even with Philadelphia sitting as the NFL’s only unbeaten team, never count out GM Howie Roseman from making a splash play that could put his team over the top. The Eagles don’t have a glaring hole at this stage, but that likely wouldn’t stop Roseman. And he has an extra first-rounder in the 2023 draft (via the Saints) to play with if something enticing materializes.
With Derek Barnett‘s early-season injury, Philly could look for edge help — à la a Robert Quinn type. After watching Les Snead go all in last season and come away with a Super Bowl after adding Von Miller at the deadline, it’d be surprising to see Roseman sit on his hands. The 49ers’ trade for Christian McCaffrey threatens the Eagles’ NFC supremacy. Feels like a counter move is in order.” — NFL.com
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Eagles are one of three teams inquiring about Panthers’ star pass-rusher Brian Burns:
The #Chiefs, #Eagles and #Rams have called the #Panthers about top pass-rusher Brian Burns, according to ESPN.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 22, 2022
An NFL General Manager said the minimum for Burns is two 1st-round picks.
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After firing head coach Matt Rhule, Carolina has been holding a fire sale of players as they prepare for a rebuild. Robby Anderson was the first to be shipped off in a deal with Arizona. Carolina followed that up with a blockbuster trade that sent RB Christian McCaffrey to San Francisco. Brian Burns could be next on the list.
Burns has been nothing short of spectacular in his first four seasons, totaling 29.5 sacks and 61 QB hits since entering the league. The Eagles already have one of the NFL’s top defenses; adding Burns to an edge-rushing rotation that consists of Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, and Brandon Graham is a scary thought.
Carolina would undoubtedly request a first-round selection for Burns’ services, likely multiple. Would Roseman part with one of his picks at a position he’s already invested heavily in? The Eagles have $85M tied into Reddick and Sweat alone, and Burns’ next contract will command upwards of $20M per year.
Even with the organization in disarray, it’s hard to see Carolina relinquishing a 24-year-old player at a premium position. If the Panthers are indeed shopping him, Burns could be the final piece needed to bring Philly their second Super Bowl title.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports